The One Beauty Product you MUST NOT BUY – EVER.

Did I get your attention?  Good, I was trying to.  Now, it’s not a secret that I’m a little bit of a beauty shopaholic.  I never mind spending money on good products, good food or great vacations.  In many other ways though, I’m frugal as hell and I hate wasting money (Mr. Lush would strongly disagree with this statement.  Oh well, to each their own!).

There is one product, however,  that I’ve seen a lot of lately in my Instafeed that is seriously PISSING ME OFF.


Lip Scrub.  Seriously, I cannot stand the thought of you lovelies wasting perfectly good money (that could be used to buy so many other wonderful things) on lip scrub.  I know someone is buying it because when you put “lip scrub” into the search bar of your favorite beauty retailer, a virtually limitless menu of options pop up.  Some are very reasonably priced, like the Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lip Scrub ($10)* and some are completely absurd like Omorovicza’s Gold Sugar Scrub ($90!).

Most of the commercially available scrubs fall into a middle-of-the-road price range from great brands such as Bite Beauty’s Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub ($18) and tarte’s Maracuja Lip Exfoliant ($16).  Flavor options are certainly not limited, either.  Beautylish can’t keep any of the 5 flavors from he-who-shall-not-be-promoted-here ($12) in stock, and direct-sales company Perfectly Posh ($12) typically has 10 flavors available at any given time.

But back to the point: I hate to see people wasting money on products, and lip scrub is a product where you are definitely wasting money.  When it comes to beauty, I am not the DIY type.  I want science and lab testing, I want proven results and statistics.   I’ve seen some beauty gurus and green-living enthusiasts create some pretty amazing recipes with calendula plucked fresh from their gardens,  petal-infused rose waters that looks soothing and wonderful and countless recipes for clay masks that I’m sure work wonders for your skin.  But I’m not Tata Harper and I don’t live on an idyllic Vermont farm with my rosy-cheeked children running through lush fields of organically-grown Chamomile for my next product launch.  Nope, that’s not me.  I want pretty packaging, free shipping and bonus points at Sephora.

I’ve tested several of the aforementioned brands and I’m not impressed.  NOTHING, and I mean nothing, compares to DIY lip scrub and making your own could not be any easier. Take a spoonful of coconut oil.  Mix in some sugar.  Done.


That’s literally all there is too it, and it is SOOOO much better than any of the ones you can buy.  You can make it as gentle or as abrasive as you’d like, simply by changing the ratio of sugar to oil.  I personally like my lip scrub to feel like my lips are being sandblasted, so I add quite a bit of sugar.  If your lips are sensitive, use less sugar.  Start slow and test it out to see how it feels.  You can add sugar until it’s just right for you.

Feeling fancy?  Add essential oils and create your own custom scrub.  I use peppermint oil because I like the minty-fresh sensation.  The flavor possibilities are endless and you can easily create any one of the flavors that you can’t get from Beautylish!   Feeling really fancy?  Use fair-trade sugar and sell it to your friends for $90 like this one.

I’ve expanded my beauty DIY realm to include a body scrub made exactly the same way, I just use different essential oils depending on my mood.  Lavender to relax, lemon to refresh – I’ve even made a ginger-tangerine that was heavenly!   I’ll still buy body scrub from time to time, mostly because I’m lazy I’m not ready to dive wholly into essential oils and DIY cosmetics.  If you decide that you do want to commit and get super creative, please share your recipes with me – but only after you’ve put them through your own little research and development program (friends and family) and they have won rave reviews! 🙂

Thanks for reading, loves.  Hope this Sunday evening finds you warm and cozy.



*I’ll give you a pass on this one simply because the packaging is so damn cute and at $10, you’re probably breaking even with the cost of the essential oils.


  1. Oh, I just love this post. I don’t do much DIY, for the same reasons as you, but I do think scrub is the easiest one to do at home. I can recommend two things to you (tried out for years):

    1. add ground coffee to your body scrub. Coconut+olive oils+sugar+coffee make for great smelling body scrub, and coffee can help with cellulite. You can add a pinch of cinnamon for the same reasons, but be careful, some people are sensitive to it.

    2. if you have dry skin on your face, this is what my mum taught me – take some greek yogurt, slather it on your face, and then use some ground cornmeal (or cornflour for sensitive skin) and rub it in. Yogurt moisturizes, and cornmeal removes all the dead skin. I used many face scrubs, but nothing works like this! (although cornmeal may get stuck in your hair, so do this before a shower).

    Hope you can try and enjoy one or both of these 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for your comments! Adding coffee has actually been on my t-do list – I just keep forgetting. I think I will give that a shot tonight. I went to high school in Greece and many of the women I knew swore by the yogurt face mask. I never tried it, but now I’m going to have to test that one too!!



  2. Yes! I totally agree. I love making my own scrubs. I make body and lip scrubs, sometimes I add sea salt to my body scrub & I love adding essential oils. Lavender is my fave for body and peppermint is def my fave for lips.

    Great post.


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